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Alan Titchmarsh's Walks of Fame

itv London at 7:00pm (Other show times...)

Alan Titchmarsh‘s Walks of Fame

Alan Titchmarsh joins Twiggy on one of her favourite walks while they chat about her life, career and relationships in this warm and engaging new programme for ITV1. The programme combines beautiful scenery, archive footage highlighting Twiggy's career, and an insight into the life of a woman who shot to fame at the age of 16 and is still making headlines more than 40 years later.

They begin their walk in the picture-postcard town of Southwold on the Suffolk coast, near to where Twiggy and her husband Leigh Lawson have a weekend house. It also has a special meaning for Twiggy as a chance encounter in a Southwold pub led to her becoming the face of Marks and Spencer.

After discussing her early modelling career, the model also tells Alan about her film career which started with a starring role in The Boyfriend, directed by her friend Ken Russell. She is delighted when they visit an old-fashioned picture house in Southwold and finds out Alan has arranged a private showing of the film.

The model goes on to discuss her first husband, Hollywood actor Michael Witney: "We met on a film in 1973, and it's not the best way to meet a future partner. When you are making a film you become a very immediate family, you're thrown together. He actually told me a lie at the beginning, I was 23 and he told me he was 35 but he was actually 42. I was with him for ten years, and I don't regret it because I had my gorgeous daughter Carly who is the love of my life. We had many happy times, but he was a chronic alcoholic."

Twiggy tells Alan she doesn't like to talk about Witney's death in detail for her daughter's sake but does say: "He died of a massive heart attack when he was with her, and it was horrible, horrible for her."

Twiggy has been married to the actor Leigh Lawson for over 20 years and Alan asks her what makes him different from her previous relationships.

She says: "He's quite an extraordinary man. I love him a lot, he's my best friend. I was 35 when we met and he was 42. We'd both had a failed... well I shouldn't say failed, a relationship that didn't go long term. I thought he was very dishy - still do!"

After taking the ferry which is actually a small rowing boat from Walberswick back to Southwold they finish their walk with a well-deserved drink at a harbour pub as the sun sets over Southwold.

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Alan Titchmarsh‘s Walks of Fame

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